Millwall reached their fifth FA Cup semi-final after Danny Shittu's towering header edged a tense replay with Championship rivals Blackburn.

In a game of few chances, the Nigeria international rose to secure a place at Wembley from a Chris Taylor corner.

Blackburn failed to impress, with Shane Lowry's block on the line from Leon Best the closest they got to a goal.

Taylor also shot wastefully over at the death for the Lions, who now play Premier League side Wigan in April.

Blackburn v Millwall facts

  • Blackburn registered their first shot on target in the tie five minutes into the replay
  • Millwall have qualified for the semi-finals for the fifth time in their 128-year history
  • Danny Shittu's goal was the first Blackburn have conceded in this year's competition

Despite competing for a trip to Wembley, only 8,635 supporters attended the game at Ewood Park - a figure which is less than a third of the ground's capacity.

The lack of interest seemed understandable in the early stages as the two teams continued their struggles from the scoreless meeting at The Den.

The only real chance in an opening half hour that featured a succession of aimless long balls came when playmaker David Dunn - starting in place of the injured David Bentley - curled a shot just wide of Millwall goalkeeper David Forde's far-post after a short corner from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

The match came to life three minutes from half-time as Shittu headed in a Taylor corner, before throwing off his shirt in celebration as he raced towards the travelling support.

The goal was proceeded by some debatable decisions from referee Mark Clattenburg.

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Words can't describe it, we wanted to come here today and win, and to get the goal means so much

Millwall goalscorer Danny Shittu

First, Millwall demanded a penalty after two quick-fire Dany N'Guessan shots were blocked at close-range by the arm of Blackburn defender Jason Lowe.

Then, as the ball broke free, Taylor's effort which was adjudged to have been deflected wide for the set-piece, appeared to take no touch off a home defender.

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton reacted by bringing on Nuno Gomes, but it was the Portuguese veteran's strike partner Best who came closest to a leveller.

The £3m summer signing did well to jink into space in the area and fire in a low shot that beat Forde but was kicked clear by the diligent Lowry.

Blackburn had only scored two goals in their last five Championship games, and they struggled again to force a breakthrough.

Indeed, it was Millwall who came closest to another as Taylor blasted over when played through on the counter as Blackburn pushed for an equaliser at the death.

As Millwall celebrated their first last-four appearance since the club-record run to the final in 2004, the home crowd booed their displeasure at another fitful performance from Appleton's side.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Blackburn

  • 34 Kean
  • 03 Mn Olsson
  • 16 Dann
  • 31 G Hanley
  • 06 Lowe
  • 08 Dunn Booked
  • 12 Pedersen
  • 14 Ms Olsson (Nuno Gomes - 46' )
  • 09 Best
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 15 King (Anton Forrester - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Sandomierski
  • 05 Givet
  • 23 Rekik
  • 44 O'Sullivan
  • 21 Nuno Gomes
  • 22 Anton Forrester
  • 25 Goodwillie

Millwall

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Dunne
  • 03 Shittu Booked
  • 12 Lowry
  • 16 Beevers Booked
  • 21 Smith
  • 06 Trotter
  • 19 C Taylor
  • 07 Hulse (Marquis - 85' )
  • 20 Keogh Booked
  • 22 N'Guessan (Abdou - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 33 M Taylor
  • 25 Smith
  • 27 Osborne
  • 26 Abdou
  • 29 Saville
  • 09 Marquis
  • 10 Tyson
Ref: Clattenburg
Att: 8,635

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

4 3

Corners

3 3

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:08

Shot from deep inside the area by Chris Taylor clears the crossbar.

90:00 +1:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Smith by Grant Hanley. David Forde takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:51

The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Jack Smith.

90:00 +0:25

Foul by John Marquis on Scott Dann, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.

89:41

Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, volleyed right-footed shot by Miguel Nuno Gomes. Blocked by Mark Beevers. Shot from just outside the box by David Dunn misses to the right of the goal.

89:14

The ball is delivered by Jordan Rhodes, clearance by Shane Lowry.

88:14

The offside flag is raised against John Marquis. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.

86:48

Effort from the edge of the area by Leon Best goes wide of the right-hand upright.

86:11

The ball is delivered by Jason Lowe, Danny Shittu manages to make a clearance.

84:15 Substitution

Substitution John Marquis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rob Hulse.

82:50

Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Liam Trotter results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Dunn.

82:07

The ball is crossed by Scott Dann.

79:25

Shot from long distance by Chris Taylor goes wide of the left-hand upright.

77:28

Nadjim Abdou challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.

76:31 Booking

Booking Mark Beevers receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

75:07

Alan Dunne fouled by Martin Olsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Taylor, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

74:07 Substitution

Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Anton Forrester coming on for Joshua King.

72:19

The official flags Scott Dann offside. Free kick taken by David Forde.

71:56

Scott Dann fouled by Rob Hulse, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.

70:47

Andy Keogh sends in a cross, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

69:13

Andy Keogh challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Kean.

68:50

Nadjim Abdou delivers the ball, clearance by Grant Hanley.

66:34

The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Mark Beevers.

65:11 Substitution

Substitution Nadjim Abdou is brought on as a substitute for Dany N'Guessan.

65:11

Shot from just outside the box by Jordan Rhodes goes over the bar.

63:57

Joshua King produces a cross, Danny Shittu manages to make a clearance.

63:29

Leon Best takes a shot. Clearance by Shane Lowry.

60:55

Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

60:55 Booking

Booking Andy Keogh goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

60:36

Foul by Andy Keogh on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded.

60:21

A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Danny Shittu.

56:30

Andy Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Jake Kean takes the free kick.

55:22

Joshua King fouled by Dany N'Guessan, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Dann takes the direct free kick.

54:02

The referee gives a free kick against Andy Keogh for handball. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

52:50

Centre by Martin Olsson, save made by David Forde.

51:32

Andy Keogh crosses the ball.

50:40

Alan Dunne challenges Miguel Nuno Gomes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.

49:58

Corner taken by Chris Taylor played to the near post, clearance by Jordan Rhodes.

48:18

The ball is swung over by Jason Lowe, Shane Lowry gets a block in. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Shot by Joshua King. Shane Lowry gets a block in.

46:45

Grant Hanley fouled by Rob Hulse, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.

45:42

The ball is sent over by Joshua King.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Miguel Nuno Gomes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Markus Olsson.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:16

Free kick taken by David Forde.

44:16 Booking

Booking David Dunn is cautioned.

44:07

David Dunn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Shittu.

42:43 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Danny Shittu for unsporting behaviour.

41:56

Assist by Chris Taylor.

41:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Shittu - Blackburn 0 - 1 Millwall Danny Shittu finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackburn 0-1 Millwall.

41:47

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Taylor from the left by-line,

40:34

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Taylor from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jordan Rhodes. Dany N'Guessan takes a shot. Jason Lowe gets a block in. Chris Taylor takes a shot.

39:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Markus Olsson on Andy Keogh. Chris Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Jason Lowe.

39:02

Shot from just outside the box by Joshua King goes over the bar.

38:43

Chris Taylor takes a shot. Joshua King gets a block in.

38:30

The ball is delivered by Alan Dunne, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

37:12

The ball is delivered by Alan Dunne, comfortable save by Jake Kean.

36:55

A cross is delivered by Liam Trotter, clearance made by Grant Hanley.

35:54

Rob Hulse is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Kean.

34:18

The referee blows for offside. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

33:07

The ball is crossed by Markus Olsson, save by David Forde.

30:55

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Danny Shittu.

28:37

Chris Taylor has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

27:33

Andy Keogh challenges David Dunn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Grant Hanley.

25:56

Rob Hulse fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Shane Lowry takes the direct free kick.

25:20

Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, clearance by Mark Beevers.

23:43

Chris Taylor has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

22:40

Leon Best challenges Jack Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Forde takes the free kick.

21:50

Rob Hulse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Dunn. Scott Dann takes the direct free kick.

21:09

Markus Olsson challenges Alan Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Forde takes the free kick.

19:43

Jason Lowe challenges Dany N'Guessan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shane Lowry.

18:46

Unfair challenge on Joshua King by Andy Keogh results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

17:20

The ball is delivered by Shane Lowry.

17:12

The ball is sent over by Andy Keogh.

15:42

Leon Best produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Mark Beevers gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line played to the near post. David Dunn produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

14:31

Shot from outside the penalty box by Jordan Rhodes goes wide right of the goal.

12:35

Rob Hulse is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

12:20

Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, blocked by Jack Smith.

11:38

Andy Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on Markus Olsson. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean.

8:26

A cross is delivered by Shane Lowry, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

6:55

Alan Dunne crosses the ball, clearance by David Dunn.

5:36

Leon Best is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Forde.

4:14

Shot by Leon Best. Comfortable save by David Forde.

2:41

Centre by Chris Taylor, Headed from the edge of the area by Andy Keogh goes wide of the left-hand post.

1:35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jordan Rhodes. David Forde takes the free kick.

0:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Trotter on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Scott Dann restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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